At today’s meeting, the Council:
- received an update from Mayor Mendenhall about the weekend protests and the recent local emergency proclamation regarding the City curfew, which is currently in place each night until Monday, June 8 from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. The Mayor will evaluate the curfew each day and encourages patronizing businesses and peaceful protest with safety in mind, as City and State leaders try to balance concerns over COVID-19 with the right to peaceably assemble. More information on the curfew can be found here.
- held its second public hearing on the proposed budget for Fiscal Year 2020-21. The Council heard from approximately 200 individuals about concerns over the Salt Lake City Police Department’s proposed budget. The proposal is approximately $84.4 million, about a $2.1 million increase from the previous fiscal year which is largely based on contractual and State-mandated retirement fund contributions. During public comment, the Council mainly heard a resounding ask to eliminate or reduce funding for the Police Department and use those dollars for other community needs. The Council received information earlier in the night that State law requires the City fund a police department.
- heard from Assistant Chief Tim Doubt of the Salt Lake City Police Department, as part of the Mayor’s update and continued budget discussions, about current training protocols in the department. The Council also discussed options for funding additional training for police, additional funding for body cameras, and asked staff to follow up with the Administration to come up with options for the Council to consider as they finalize the budget for Fiscal Year 2020-21.
- approved funding of $1.1 million for mortgage assistance, rental assistance, and rapid re-housing in Budget Amendment No. 6 for Fiscal Year 2019-20 as proposed by the Administration.
- received a briefing on the General Obligation Bonds Series 2020 for Street Reconstruction. The bond issuance is for $20,300,000 and is the voter-approved streets reconstruction bond as part of the Funding Our Future initiative. A major project planned with funds from this issuance is 300 West street, with funds also going to some smaller local streets. Due to the timing of other bonds being paid off, the Administration anticipates no net increase to property taxes. Projects currently planned and underway from the first issuance last year are outlined in detail here.
- interviewed and approved the appointment of Cindy Lou Trishman as the new Salt Lake City Recorder.
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